Again, I apologize for the late post. I have to say that business plus traveling do not make for great blog consistency. I’m very happy that Paul has been consistent with his excellent posts this week. At least everyone has had something to look forward to. Anyway, it’s time for a plot challenge, and I have something new for all of you… or at least, a little different. This week’s post and next week’s post are going to go together. This week I want you to put together a general metanarrative for your story. You’ll need to figure out the following:
- Your genre: is this story a fantasy, sci-fi, urban fantasy, spy fiction, mystery, modern adventure, etc?
- Your theme: what ideas do you want to explore? Politics, relationship, metaphysics, criminal psychology, theological questions, mystical questions, etc?
- Your major setting: what nation, country, locale, village, apartment building, etc is your story set in? Consider that some novels/movies/etc have taken place in elevators… literally, the entire story… in an elevator. Others take place over an entire galaxy.
- Your main characters: who is your protagonist? Is he a hero, an anti-hero, a villain, something else? Who is your antagonist? What is his plan and purpose?
- Your major supporting characters: who is your protagonist close to? Your antagonist? What major people will help shape the story?
- Growth: how will your main characters/world grow over the course of the story? What is the beginning? The middle? The end? Pick out three specific, major events that you want to be the landmarks of your story.